Gigaget is quite an old download manager, released in 2006. To be honest, I never heard about it until today (did you?). At first I thought it was a new software but a quick Google search told me otherwise. Gigaget has all the features you would want in any modern download manager despite the fact the version which is available today (22.214.171.124) is more than 3 years old.
Gigaget utilizes something they call “Net Grid technology” to improve download speed. No further explanation is provided as to what this Net Grid technology could be. Probably a term they coined to the multi-resource download technology Gigaget employed to increase download speed up to several folds.
1. Multiple mirror download: Gigaget’s automatically searches for mirrors of the downloaded file, and if it finds any, downloads parts of the file from these mirrors too. The result is that the download speed increases by several times. As you can see from the screenshot above, the file is getting downloaded simultaneously from at least 8 different servers.
2. Browser integration: Integrates with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Maxthon (I haven’t tested this).
3. Clipboard monitoring: Gigaget monitors your clipboard for download URL’s. You can configure Gigaget to monitor the clipboard for specific file types and immediately copy the URL for download whenever it detects any of these files. By default, a large number of file types are already specified like EXE, MP3, MPEG, ISO etc.
4. Speed Limiting: To prevent Gigaget from using up all the available bandwidth and bogging down the connection, you can limit it’s speed so that you can continue to surf or use other application that requires an Internet connection while simultaneously downloading with Giganet.
5. Disk Protection: Gigaget has a disk protection feature that prevents wearing down of the hard disk when you are downloading at high-speed. This option when enabled causes Gigaget to buffer the downloaded data before it writes to the disk.
6. Intelligent Web-Page Analysis: If you have lots of download links on a webpage, instead of clicking on each link individually, the easier option is to load the page in IE, right-click and choose “download all by Gigaget”. This will open a “Select URL” window where you can choose what you want to download. This works only with Internet Explorer.
Gigaget was way ahead of it’s time and competitors, at least back in 2006. Even today it’s a lot better than many crappy download managers out there. I suggest you give this software a try.